HAZMAT – North-America – Canada


EDIS Number: HZ-20120412-34860-CAN
Date / time: 12/04/2012 03:02:10 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: Pickering
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

For the second time this week, Hazmat teams in Pickering have removed mercury that was discovered in areas where children play. On Wednesday morning, a mercury “spill” – from a cracked vial – was found in a Dumpster on the property of Holy Redeemer Catholic elementary school on Liverpool Rd. in Pickering, said Sgt. Nancy van Rooy of Durham Regional Police. Mercury was also found on a utility pole on nearby Luna Crt. The school did not have to be evacuated and no one was exposed to the mercury, van Rooy said. On Monday, the Hazmat team was called in when a citizen reported that children had been in contact with a suspicious substance on a playground slide at Kinsmen Park, on Sandy Beach Rd., not far from Lake Ontario. The park remains closed. A small plastic vial was found empty and the substance was tested and confirmed as mercury. No one was injured in either incident. Van Rooy said the mercury discoveries did not appear to be linked. Both remain under investigation. Though police are unsure of the source of the mercury, mercury is sometimes put into kids’ science kits. Depending on the exposure level and the chemical form of the mercury, contact can have serious health effects. Inhalation can be especially harmful to the respiratory system, according to Health Canada. Ingestion can be fatal.

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